Travel Markets Insider Newsletter Vol. 24 No. 23

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The good news about recovery keeps coming in, with IATA’s latest air traffic report (for May 2023) showing that both North America and the Middle East have now surpassed 2019 pre-pandemic levels. Page 1.

The UNWTO backs this up with the news that international tourism arrivals to the Americas is now at 86% of pre-pandemic levels across the region, with several destinations significantly above where they were before the COVID-19 virus hit. Page 1.

And underscoring the strength of the recovery in the United States, the July 4th holiday weekend broke records for U.S. air travel demand, according to the TSAPage 2. 


LAX has broken ground on the new Midfield Satellite Concourse at its Tom Bradley International Terminal—the final stage of the Los Angeles World Airport’s (LAWA) multi-billion dollar Capital Improvement Program. The new terminal is using an innovative first-of-its-kind construction technique that will save time, money and disruption. More details on page 1.  

Caribbean aviation roundup: Barbados, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts. Page 3.

LATAM and Delta expand routes through new JV agreement. Page 3.

ACI and TSA sign a memorandum of understanding to advance airport security. Page 3.


Gebr. Heinemann’s Inken Callsen has been named Chief Commercial Officer responsible for Purchasing, Global Supply Chain, and Commercial Effectiveness, and will now be joining the family-owned company’s Executive Board. Page 2.

Nigel Keal (whom last week TMI reported had been elected Chair of the UK Travel Retail Forum) has also been re-elected to lead the European Travel Retail Council. Page 2.


Rouge Duty Free parties on across the Caribbean, celebrating the opening of the first boutique in the islands for the Paris-based luxury fragrance house Creed, and promoting two new boutiques in Tulum on the Mexican Riviera. See full story on page 4.

Rituals Cosmetics opens its first stand-alone boutique in Copenhagen Airport, and relaunches an enhanced Rituals of Karma collection for summer. Page 5.

Diageo asks “What’s Your Whisky?” with personalized digital tool for travel retail. Page 5.


News shorts: Hanse Distribution & L’Oréal Travel Retail; Mondelez WTR; EssilorLuxottica & Jimmy Choo; Safilo Group. Page 5.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka unleashes Tito’s in a BIG Can campaign. How do you follow up a hugely successful campaign touting an empty can? With a campaign promoting an even bigger can, obviously! Page 6

Candela Mamajuana – known as “the Unofficial Drink of the Dominican Republic” – debuts a duty free pop-up store at Santo Domingo Airport in collaboration with Dufry. Page 6.